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South African drivers did us proud in European events last weekend.
September 19, 2017  

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Brothers Kelvin and Sheldon van der Linde shared an Aust Motorsport Audi R8 GT3 in an ADAC Masters race at the German Sachsenring circuit.

This was the first time the two brothers could share a race car in the international arena, and came about when regular Aust racer Kelvin's team mate Markus Pommer fell ill.

With youngster Sheldon already at the venue to compete in the ADAC TCR race, the team gambled on putting the youngster in their GT3 car.

It paid off - Sheldon qualified the car in tenth place on Saturday, and Kelvin put it eighth on the grid for Sunday's race.

Sheldon started on Saturday, made up four places, and handed the car to his older brother in sixth place.

Kelvin finished fifth overall, with the two South Africans delighted to be on the podium for FIA Junior Classification Drivers under the age of 25.

Race two on Sunday was started by Kelvin, and the brothers stayed in eight place throughout to score some valuable points for the championship.

South Africa’s David Perel added a second Blancpain GT Championship to his 2017 racing accomplishments when he won the final round of the Sprint Series at the Nurburgring last Sunday.

Perel’s Blancpain Overall AM Championship comes in addition to the AM GT Sprint title he secured a few weeks ago.

David needed to score a single point to secure the title, but the Cape Town driver delivered far more than that.

He and US team-mate Stephen Earle put in a dominant performance to put their Kessel Racing Ferrari 458 on pole position before racing off to two Sprint Cup AM category race wins at the legendary German racetrack.

“Winning this title is a dream come true and one I never thought would actually happen! “I must thank Kessel Ferrari, my teammate Stephen Earle and my manager Alan Macdonald, all of whom played a huge role in me winning the AM Sprint and AM Overall Blancpain Championships.  

“I am not done yet,” David concluded. “I am in the running for the Blancpain AM GT Endurance title, so I still have my sights set on the triple crown at Blancpain GT AM Endurance Championship finale at Barcelona in two weeks.”

Inex Legends regulars and Kwazulu-Natal residents Richard Upton and Richard van Heerden competed in the Legends World Finals held in Finland last weekend.

After qualifying third, van Heerde finished an excellent second in the Golden Masters Class, which was won by Finland’s Lauri Riekkola.

Upton qualified fifth fastest for the Pro Class finals but in tricky weather conditions during the race he spun and finished 19th.


Published by:  Andre de Kock

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